Handful of Keys

Based: Port Elizabeth

This hilarious one-man piano show conceived and starring Ian von Memerty l, began in 1994 – and for the next 3 years played for over 300 performances to over 100 000 people, along the way it won 9 awards for best musical production and best performance. It garnered reviews that producers dream about and had box office queues that their bank managers fantasize about still.

In 2001 – it entered its second incarnation – again starring Ian von Memerty, but this time along the unknown Roelof Colyn, who enjoyed a massive success in the show. The show toured nationally, and to London and Australia (twice). Again the audiences and critics were ecstatic, and the audiences poured in, in ever increasing numbers. Another 3 years, another 300 performances and the show was seen by another 100 000 people.

And then in 2005 – the show took on it’s third shining shape. Starring, once again, Roelof Colyn and introducing Capetonian – Jeremy Quickfall – and touring to another 50 000 people and racked up it’s 750th performance.

In 2008 – 21 year old Jonathan Roxmouth paired up with Roelof Colyn and created a magical partnership that reignited the show. Love letters from the press, and FANTASTIC box office were an accurate reflection of the level of synergy, musicality and sheer entertainment that these two acheived. The 2009 -2011 season was a pure triumph. All five cast members who have done the show in its 18 year history joined together on stage for what was an extraordinary night of theatre fire and magic.

 

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